Century Rain

Century Rain

Book - 2004
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Three hundred years in the future, Verity Auger is a specialist in the archaeological exploration of Earth, rendered uninhabitable after the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. After a field-trip to goes badly wrong, Verity is forced to redeem herself by participating in a dangerous mission, for which her expertise in invaluable.
Using a backdoor into an unstable alien transit system, Auger's faction has discovered something astonishing at the far end of a wormhole: mid twentieth-century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber. Is it a window into the past, a simulation, or something else entirely?

CENTURY RAIN is not just a time-travel story, nor a tale of alternate history. Part hard SF thriller, part interstellar adventure, part noir romance, CENTURY RAIN is something altogether stranger.

Publisher: London : Gollancz, 2004
ISBN: 9780575074361
Branch Call Number: REYNO
Characteristics: 506 p.


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Apr 16, 2011

Enjoyable, impressive in scope, but not mind-blowing. This is a big book in very many senses. The scope in the future-world is huge, stretching across centuries of human -human conflict. In contrast, the city life in alternate 1959 Paris is minutely detailed with smells, sounds, textures, and sights.

The characterization is relatively strong, and tension is carried along successfully first by the gumshoe detection mystery, and then shifting to Auger’s race to prevent calamity.
Given the doubled nature of the worlds, the story takes a little time to find its momentum.

When Floyd and Auger join forces the momentum becomes unstoppable. At that point, though, I was a little disappointed that Floyd and Custine edged away from center stage, but it was still fun.

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